Hi guys, hoping to just get some opinions from the experienced people here that might throw some ideas/suggestions my way that I haven't yet thought of.
So far I've been doing all my cooking on a Bunnings Akorn, well, for the last 5 years anyway, and she's nearing the end of the road so I'm looking at what to replace her with. I've done the pellet grill thing and wasn't impressed, so won't be going that way again. I was pretty set on a Kamado Joe classic, series 3, which I can get for around $3k. I like the kamado style cookers and have no complaints about the Akorn except maybe longevity. But then I got to thinking what else I could do with a $3k budget. I could get a Kamado Joe classic series 1 from the green shed for about $1400 AND a Hark Chubby offset from BBQs Galore for around $1300. I know the series 1 had a few issues with the top control vent and the one piece firebox but I was wondering if I might be able to retrofit the upgrades and still come in on or around budget
I'm pretty keen on keeping a Kamado in the stable, and the Joe seems like a good long term choice, and the idea of an offset to broaden my skills sounds pretty good too. Any other options that would slot into the budget and give me more than one style of cooker? Is the series 1 even worth looking at? Am I better off just spending the coin on the series 3?